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State Of The University Highlights IU’s Finances, Bicentennial

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie spoke on finances, history, and the university's upcoming bicentennial.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says total contributions to the university in fiscal year 2016 are nearing $1 billion.

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Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says total contributions to the university in fiscal year 2016 are nearing $1 billion.

Speaking Wednesday on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU President Michael McRobbie says this year’s fundraising efforts are record-breaking and include increases in research funding.

“Last academic year IU researchers received a record $614 million in external funding to support their research and other activities — a remarkable nearly 20 percent increase over the previous year,” McRobbie says.

Fundraising

McRobbie announced a financial initiative in which he called for a systematic review of IU procedures in the interest of eliminating redundancies. That’s due by the end of the calendar year.

Total contributions to IU in fiscal year 2016 are nearing $1 billion dollars.

The Bicentennial

McRobbie also spoke of his plans for Indiana University’s 200th anniversary in 2020. He says a key goal for the bicentennial is to improve upon the ethos and character of the university.

“It is the campuses that provide them with the spaces — interior and exterior, intimate and grand — in which they can contemplate, study, experiment, debate, meet, fall in love, exercise and compete,” McRobbie says.

McRobbie also outlined a number of initiatives, including grants, history projects, and public art restoration the university is taking on. One of the projects includes adding historical markers to campuses.

 

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